There is an ongoing problem with tool thefts from vehicles and Staffordshire Police is again warning local van owners to be extra vigilant.
A number of these thefts have left the vehicle with no damage which suggests criminals may be using devices which block the signal from the key fob when it is being locked.
Van owners are being urged to follow these simple steps to prevent them from becoming victims:
Don't assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended
If you have a garage, use it, if your van is parked on a driveway, consider installing security lighting. If neither of these applies, try to park in well lit areas
Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage
When tools and equipment are not being used, ensure they are kept securely in a lockable store rather than in your vehicle
Consider whether the storage area can be alarmed. If the equipment is portable, take it with you
Don't leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight, and place a sign in the window stating they have been removed
Lock/immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use
Visibly mark your machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or use a forensic marking kit. Place a sticker in your window to say you have done so - the signage alone, can be a very effective deterrent. For more information on forensic marking please visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/forensicmarking
Keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at http://www.immobilise.com/. This will help to trace them back to you if they are recovered
Keep the access to building sites secure - fences and gates help prevent unauthorised entry
If you have any suspicious visitors on your site please call Staffordshire Police on 101